When Lamar Austin and his wife, Lindsay, welcomed their baby boy at the beginning of 2017, they had no idea the roller coaster of emotions that was about to occur, but we promise, there's a happy ending. The New Hampshire dad was in the middle of a 90-day trial period for a private security job and was on call when his wife went into labor on the Friday night before his weekend shift. When Lindsay gave birth on Sunday, Lamar received a text message from his employer, Salerno Protective Services, that he was "terminated."
As it happens, the Austin family gave birth to the first New Hampshire baby of 2017, so along with Lamar subsequently being let go from his job, their story started making headlines, and it wasn't long until a GoFundMe page was launched for the family.
Since the news of Lamar's termination spread, not only has he received an overwhelming amount of verbal support, but he's also received many job offers, because no one should have to choose between their family and work. It's important to point out that New Hampshire is an "at-will employment" state, meaning that an employee can be fired at any time for any reason, and Lamar's story has reached the state's legislators regarding this issue.
"Sometimes you lose something and you get something even better," Lamar told the Concord Monitor, and we couldn't agree more!